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Can Diabetes be Cured? Latest Information You Need To Know

Can Diabetes be Cured? Latest Information You Need To Know

  By: Editors at DiabetesIQ  |  Published: January 04, 2021   
Published: January 04, 2021   

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Diabetes is a very serious chronic disease that grows at worrying pace around the world. In the Unites States alone diabetes affects over 34 million people and the number of people diagnosed with the disease has more than doubled in the last 20 years. It is also the number 1 cause of blindness in adults, as well as of lower-limb amputations and kidney failure. Not surprisingly, the first question that comes to people’s minds when talking about disease is “Is diabetes curable?” The answer to this question is not as straightforward as people would like it to be and it is based on what the word “cure” means when it comes to diabetes. But the first important thing is to understand what diabetes really is.

There are two major types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which pancreas either produces insufficient amount of insulin or stops producing insulin completely. That happens because the body’s immune system mistakenly destroys beta cells responsible for making insulin in the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone required to help glucose get from your blood into your body’s cells to produce energy. Glucose is sugar that your body gets from the food you eat. Without insulin, glucose cannot pass into your body’s cells and gets accumulated in the blood, resulting in high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Type 1 diabetes mostly affects children and teenagers.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in which the way the body processes insulin is affected. Pancreas of people with type 2 diabetes produces insulin, but the cells in the body are unable to absorb it properly, which causes the pancreas to produce more insulin. Ultimately, the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin decreases and the body’s cells do not get enough glucose. Instead, glucose also gets accumulated in the blood, which causes high blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adults.

Although having any of the two types of diabetes comes out to having high blood sugar, the causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are very different. As a result, each type of diabetes is to be addressed differently. Unfortunately, as of right now, there is no ‘magic pill’ that can eliminate type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but each type can be effectively managed.

People with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin because their body destroys the ability to create it. Nevertheless, they can live relatively normal lives controlling the disease with insulin injections. People with type 1 diabetes can learn how quickly insulin starts working in the body and the period of time it stays active. That will help make proper adjustments and achieve optimal quality of life.

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, if it was caught in an early stage, the effect of the disease can potentially be fully reversed with a strict diet and regular exercise regimen in place. Even when type 2 diabetes is well established, for many people it can still be successfully managed with a balanced diet and exercising. It doesn’t mean that such measures will make type 2 diabetes disappear completely if it was diagnosed in a later stage, but the right approach to the disease may have its symptoms go into remission.

The absence of a ‘total cure’ for diabetes may sound like the end of the world for some people. Mostly because the disease does affect many aspects of their lives from the day they get diagnosed. However, when people get diabetes under control with proper actions, they can live long, normal, happy life.


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